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What paying pro rates means to me (or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Kickstarter)

I realized after posting this that it probably didn’t make a whole lot of sense out of context. Considering the incredible success of our Crossed Genres Kickstarter, and how close we are to maybe-if-we’re-really-lucky reaching our goal of pro rates for CG Magazine, I figure it deserves a bit of explanation.

Since I started high school, I’ve wanted to be a writer. I entered college planning a Creative Writing major; some years later I went as far as to apply for graduate programs in Creative Writing. Kay and I are both 2-time NaNoWriMo winners, and I have a finished first draft of a novel sitting in a folder (along with several partial first drafts. I’ve even published a couple of stories, and I still write nonfiction (mostly for Wired’s GeekDad now).

Over the past few years, as Crossed Genres has grown and gotten more complex, my writing time has dwindled. Recently I’ve had almost no time at all for writing. I’ve told myself that I’d make time, but it’s difficult, and that’s depressed me.

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As the Kickstarter’s passed 75% and then 80% and now sits at 85.5%, it’s seemed more and more possible that we might actually somehow make this crazy goal. It’s good in so many obvious ways: It was one of our big dreams back when we first founded CG Magazine; we get to help new authors get that huge, confidence-boosting first pro sale; we’ll draw more authors, publish even better work, gain greater recognition, etc. etc… It’s just good all around. Right?

Well there’s been a tiny fear at the back of my mind that the rise of the pro-rate CG Magazine means the death of my desire to be a writer. If I can’t find time to write now, how could I possibly find time when I’m managing a pro-rate magazine on top of the rest of CG?

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Earlier this evening I was chatting online with Daniel José Older. We’re about to publish Daniel’s collection Salsa Nocturna in July.

At one point the conversation turned to how busy we both are – Daniel’s working on his MFA in Creative Writing, and I mentioned how it made me kind of jealous: “At this point I’m not sure when I’ll ever have the chance to write again!” I said it tongue-in-cheek, but knew as I said it that it was true.

But surprisingly, it didn’t bother me the way I expected it to. Because the thing that was preventing me from writing – the work I do as publisher and editor for CG – is a great thing.

And that’s when I realized why I was so unbelievably excited about the chance to pay pro rates. It’s because so many other people are excited that we might get the chance too. There are a LOT of people – those who’ve backed the Kickstarter, or helped spread the word, or supported us in other ways – who want us to do it. Every pledge and tweet and show of support is a vote of confidence in me and Kay and what we’re doing.

And that means that Kay and I have made the right decision to pursue this. It means that even if we don’t make the pro-rate goal, we’ve still accomplished and will accomplish incredible things, through shared respect and admiration with the people who support us.

I’ll write again – writers go on hiatus but they never stop. But right now, we’ve taken what started as a wisp of an idea (and no clue what we were doing) to the brink of what some would’ve called a pipe dream.

How can I be unhappy about what I’m not doing, when what I am doing is so special?

De-lurking from my own site

I haven’t posted here in over 5 months. Hey, I’ve been busy! Just ‘cuz I’ve been out of work… *cough*

No really I have been busy. So what’s drawn me out of hiding, you ask, you three who are actually reading this?

Well a couple of months ago Kay was laid off. As mentioned, I’ve been out of work since October. Thus, our finances got pretty messy. Kay got unemployment but of course that’s not even close to what she was earning, and our finances were damn tight even with that. So in the process of trimming the fat from our expenses, we came to the conclusion that there was just no way we could afford to keep paying the expenses for Crossed Genres.

We weren’t about to just ditch CG, though. We’ve been nurturing it for 3 1/2 years and it’s very important to us, and to a lot of other people. So we decided to go all-out, and run a Kickstarter project to fund Crossed Genres through 2013.

We spent quite a while planning it, and getting many of our peeps involved and excited. A lot of them donated items or services that we could offer as rewards for pledging to the Kickstarter. We also made a video, or rather we filmed Baz saying the things for the video while wearing a series of funny hats:

Finally we got the all-clear from Kickstarter, and launched the fundraiser! People started talking and donations began to come in. It was off to a pretty good start.

Then, really on a whim, I sent this tweet to Neil Gaiman, not really expecting anything to come of it:

To my surprise and delight, a few minutes later Mr. Gaiman posted this tweet:

Okay, so he said “two good anthologies” when in fact the KS is funding four books. He retweeted, and not just a basic RT: he took the time to look at it, and liked what he saw enough to write a new tweet for it. That was damn nice of him; he knows that his RTs to his 1.7 million followers can cause massive traffic flow and even crash sites (the occurrence even has its own hashtag, #Neilwebfail) – IOW, can sometimes make the difference between success for a project like ours, or failure.

I can’t say for sure how many pledges came via Gaiman and how many didn’t – and I still maintain that the REAL success was due to Baz’s irresistible cuteness in the video – but the pace of pledges accelerated significantly. I went to pick up Baz from school at 2:30, and he stayed to play in the playground a while; while he did I obsessively checked my phone every 2-5 minutes, and every time I did there was at least one new pledge, sometimes 3 or 4. This went on for a good hour.

By 10:55 am the following morning, I was able to post this absurdly excited tweet:

Yup, 22 hours. We’d been expecting a good month of begging for pledges, and instead we did it in less than a day.

So… now what? Well, after all the cheering and thank-yous and insanity, we announced a stretch goal – that is, a second larger goal once the first one’s been met. If we reached $5500 total, we would resurrect CG Magazine, which we’d retired due to financial/time constraints in December. We never really expected we’d get to do the stretch goal, but considering how the first day had gone, we figured we had a shot at even reaching that goal!

As of writing this, the KS is at $5,128. That’s right – we’re only $372 away from the stretch goal.

And the Kickstarter still has 29 days to go.

There’s a good chance we could reach $5500 by tomorrow. We don’t even know what we’ll do then. We have some ideas but this is so far above our expectations that we have to figure out how to keep it going, how to make it really worth it for all the 129 (so far) wonderful people who’ve pledged. We have some ideas, but we have to work it out fast!

Anyway I just had to post about it here, because we’re so damn hyper and excited about it. It’s really a huge, huge relief. So since i’m here, what else is going on?

  • Baz has started playing t-ball! He’s been to 2 Saturday sessions and has enjoyed it immensely. After the first one he insisted we go out and get him his first glove. I had a strap on my old glove that I’d taken from an earlier glove, and tied to each new glove as I’d gotten it – I took it off and tied it to Baz’s first glove. Got a bit teary, I’m not ashamed to admit.

    Here’s a video of his first-ever at-bat. It is HILARIOUS:

  • The captions on the Baz vid above were because I was reviewing a smartphone accessory – I’m writing for Wired’s GeekDad now. Kay has been writing for GeekMom for over a year, and now I’m the other half. I guess.
  • Baz’s birthday is the 31st; we’re having his party the weekend after, on Saturday the 2nd. It will be EPIC. That is all for now. But there shall be pictures.

I’m sure there’s more – I could talk about the other projects CG is working on, or the ongoing personal financial WTFery, but frankly the Kickstarter is still eating my brain. So maybe another post soon! Wouldn’t that be somethin’!

Small press publication question #1

As Co-publisher of Crossed Genres Publications, I invited people to ask questions about small press publishing in science fiction & fantasy.

Casey Seda asked: “I’ve noticed you’ve recently cut back the advertisements on your sites, completely ditching ad brokers like Project Wonderful. Could you talk about why you did this and about other ways to supplement your funding?”

This is my video response!

@Hydeandgeek’s Kids Need to Read 36-hour Tweetathon!

Over on Twitter, Hydeandgeek (aka Scott West) is currently in the middle of a 36-hour Tweetathon! He is tweeting at least once every 10 minutes for 36 hours straight, ending Friday at midnight!

The tweetathon is a great charity drive. Scott is asking for donations in an effort to raise $2500 for Kids Need To Read, an organization that donates books to underfunded school, libraries and literacy programs.

Scott has also collected a number of great prize giveaways which anyone who donates is eligible to win! One of those prizes is a bundle of Crossed Genres books! Other giveaways include weekend passes to Geek Girl Con, some truly geeky Geek Soap, & a $100 gift certificate to Thinkgeek!

Go here to donate, support a terrific charity, and possibly win some cool swag! Remember, donate before midnight on Friday!

Fat Girl in a Strange Land: Why this theme for an anthology?

Yesterday, CGP announced that we’re open for submissions to a new anthology, titled Fat Girl in a Strange Land. From the description:

In line with our mission to publish progressive speculative fiction, we’re opening for submissions to our Fat Girl in a Strange Land anthology. For it, we’re seeking science fiction and fantasy short stories with fat female protagonists going places they’ve never been before.

Fat can’t just be a passing detail of the main character’s physical description. It should have an impact on the plot and character development. Just like in real life, fat should be an asset or a liability, or even more realistically, both over time.

Fat shouldn’t be the only thing the main character has going on. She has a life, responsibilities, and plans. Strange Land could be part of that, or it could interfere with that (or both), but either way, the consequences will affect her life globally.

Because Strange Land stories are adventures, there should be risk involved. The stakes should be high for her, just like they are for all adventurers. Also, the Strange Land may or may not be a physical location. It could take the form of a major shift in perspective, or some other dramatic alteration of her existing landscape.

Although speculative fiction is all about navigating uncharted territory, fat remains a relatively unexplored frontier. With Fat Girl in a Strange Land, we’re taking fat places it’s never been before.

There’s been some great reaction so far, with a lot of people expressing desire to submit stories. It’s been talked about a bit too, with some interesting conversations about fat, what it means to write fat characters, is it different than writing thin characters, can thin people write fat well, and so on. On Twitter, @BeritEllingsen asked me “What was the reason you wanted to do an anthology about this particular theme?”

The answer is a bit too complicated for 140 characters, hence the blog post. Normally CGP-related posts go on the CGP blog, but this is as much personal as it is business, so I decided to tackle it here.

First, the title actually comes from a series of stories Kay wrote some time ago. Those stories were all fiction, not science fiction. But it was exactly what we wanted as the theme for the anthology so we cheerfully appropriated it.

So: Why a fat-themed anthology? All you have to do is browse the science fiction/fantasy section at a bookstore to know. How many fat characters are on the covers? If you find any at all – and it’s very hard – they’re usually the villain, or the doddering grandmother, or the comic relief. Fat people are never protagonists. In fact, look at future-scifi books and you might get the impression that in the future fat doesn’t exist any more.

And there have been numerous discussions in the SFF community in recent years about the number of skinny, scantily-clad women on book/magazine covers. While those discussions tended to focus on the exploitation and objectification of women, the dearth of overweight women in those covers didn’t escape notice.

We’ve had a few discussions about this over the past couple years, as recently as a week ago. Last week Kay wrote a post about fat in SFF for the Science in MY Fiction blog that sums up the reasons for the anthology pretty well:

Authors, we’re not doing anyone favors by dodging the facts of life. Fiction’s greatest purpose is to address reality in a way that frees readers to relate to it without suffering it directly. We certainly don’t make our writing any better by preempting the fat (or dark skin, or women, or children). If anything, we sabotage our stories by depriving our characters of experiences that matter to real people living in the real world.

This is of course all rooted in the stigmas of being fat. Fat is almost always used as an insult. Examples of positive fat characters or role models in popular culture are few and far between – hell, popular culture is actually structured around the thin-is-more-attractive idea. The conversation of why our culture is the way it is about fat is a long one and it would take forever to get into it all, but the lack of positive fat role models excludes an enormous percentage of people and reinforces the fat-is-bad/fat-is-unattractive idea. People end up stuck with those unfair stigmas.

Yes, stuck. Being fat isn’t usually a choice. But we treat it like it is.

Whenever I think about fat, it makes me think of a friend I had in high school who was incredibly thin – she constantly weighed under 100 pounds. And she ate a ton – she ate as much as me and I was a foot taller and 100 pounds heavier than her. She did it because if she didn’t eat that much, she dropped to dangerously underweight. Her metabolism was weird like that. Being thin wasn’t my HS friend’s choice – in fact it irritated her. Similarly, there are lots of reasons that people are fat, but by choice is almost never the reason.

And you know what? Why does it matter what the reason is? Naming reasons is like pointing fingers and assigning blame – but being fat isn’t bad. Except for the potential health problems with being overweight (our understanding of which could use some updating), there’s nothing wrong with being fat. But we treat it like a disgusting habit that the person is to weak-willed to give up (which is bullshit). And that just feeds the cycle of self-hatred.

The entire thin-as-ideal concept is absurd, anyway. It wasn’t so long ago in human history that larger women were sought after as wives. It’s only relatively recently that skinny became more widely socially preferable. But the primary driving reasons behind that – superficial appearance rather than health – are foolish.

As is always the case with us, we want CGP to encourage and promote discussion. And more importantly, we hate seeing any group of people excluded, and the omission of fat people in SFF doesn’t get enough attention. We’re publishing Fat Girl in a Strange Land to address that.

Wrong in all the right ways

Drinking margaritas made with the $200 bottle of tequila I gave Kay for her birthday last year. DAMN they’re good. So while slightly tipsy I thought I’d blog a bit. Unfortunately the best suggestions twitter could offer was a request for “blogging about drunken giraffes fornicating“. And since John Green of the Vlog Brothers already covered that way better than I could:

…you get a hodgepodge post instead.


Today at my job (I work at a law firm) was “Diversity Day”. I have no idea if it was intentionally held on Cinco de Mayo, but it was. Everyone in the firm was invited to bring in a dish from their cultural backgrounds for a pot luck. The food was surprisingly good and diverse, from Scottish meat pies to Chinese dumplings to knishes and homentashen.

They invited Jarrett Barrios, the president of GLAAD, to speak. Barrios used to be an attorney at the firm, and our firm has given a lot of support to GLAAD in terms of office space (across the country) and financial support.

Barrios’ speech was great; funny, touching and insightful. I won’t relate the stories he told because they were personal and I’m not sure I should share, but he clearly learned a lot about public speaking while a MA state senator! He talked a lot about the significance of diversity and specifically about opening up channels of communication and how important that is. It is after all what GLAAD does, brings dialogue to situations and uses the court of public opinion to give a face to LGBTQ people.

He did say one thing that I didn’t entirely agree with. He talked about how there are ‘good men’ and ‘bad men’ when it comes to discrimination – that is, people who really try to do good but just mess up, and people who don’t care if they’re discriminatory, or do it on purpose. That’s clearly true. And he said that there was no reason to jump down the throat of a ‘good man’ because it makes them want to shut down and never say anything.

This is all true, but it kind of glosses over the fact that we are responsible for how we approach the situation too – we can choose to engage the ‘good man’ without jumping down their throat, but instead in a firm but non-antagonistic way. This is too important to dismiss – the ‘good man’ will be a real ally but can only change if they’re made aware of what they’re doing. These situations must be addressed – it just doesn’t have to be in a confrontational manner.

All in all, I was pleased with Barrios’ speech and thanked him for it after. He’s a nice guy, very approachable. I can see why he was chosen to be GLAAD president.


Just started reading NK Jemisin‘s The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. Haven’t gotten far enough to really get a big impression yet, but 3 things:

1. It’s in 1st person.
2. The first scene is essentially a short infodump.
3. Despite the first 2 things, I’m enjoying it.

Jemisin’s voice is clean and engaging without getting flowery. And she’s laid out a scenario that’s rife with possibilities in just the first couple chapters. So far, so good.


Speaking of reading, I’ve noticed a significant shift in my reading preferences.

My first real interest in SFF was in science fiction – I devoured everything Bradbury wrote. Of course I liked some of each, but initially I think I enjoyed SF more. Then I shifted, started reading more fantasy. I read Diana Wynne Jones, Mercedes Lackey, etc. That actually lasted a long time, and up until maybe 2 years ago or so, I think 90% of my own writing was fantasy too.

However, recently I’ve noticed a distinct preference for SF. I’m sure this is largely Kay’s fault, and the influence of Science in My Fiction, but it’s not a bad thing. I still enjoy both, and good writing trumps the distinction between the two anyway. But I’m searching novel submission to Crossed Genres for the next novel we’ll publish, which I’m to edit, and I found myself looking for the SF submissions… which for some reason are relatively few. We’re getting about two fantasy subs for every one science fiction sub. Odd.

I don’t know if there’s a correlation between this and the F/SF breakdown, but we’re also seeing about 5 subs from men for every 1 sub from women. What’s up with that?! CGP usually gets a fairly even split between men and women, though that’s the short story subs. And the 2 novels we’ve published/will publish, A Festival of Skeletons and Broken Slate, are both by women. I hope to see more novels submitted from women!


Back on Friday, Kay and I went to see the play Breaking the Code at Central Square Theater. This was a birthday gift from my mom – back in December she gave me a program for their season and said she’d buy us 2 tickets to whichever show we wanted to see. Sweet!

Breaking the Code is about the life of Alan Turing, the brilliant mathematician who cracked the Enigma code during World War II, but who was later ostracized and prosecuted for being gay.

The play was very good: the acting was very solid, the actor who played Turing (Allyn Burrows) standing out. The staging was simple but never felt like anything was missing. Kay and I agreed after that the director, Adam Zahler, deserved a lot of credit for drawing good performances and wonderful staging in a round theater setting. The play only runs through the 8th (this Sunday) but if anyone in the Cambridge/Boston area has time to see it I’d strongly recommend it. I learned things about Turing I didn’t know, and now want to find out how much of it was real and how much was creative license.


On Sunday, on Twitter, the Hiyao Miyazaki tweetup group will be getting together (probably at 4pm US EST) to watch Castle in the Sky. One of Miyazaki’s more action-packed films, it’s still very charming and a lot of fun. Anyone who has/can get the film is welcome to join us! We all just start the film at the same time and then tweet our comments/observations, with a #CastleintheSky hashtag. Join us! You know you want to!


Post title from “Raise Your Glass” by Pink:

Nothing rhymes with ‘Winkle’

As I started this post, “Ice Ice Baby” was trending on Twitter. Of course, I had no choice but to go find the spoof that Jim Carrey did when he was on In Living Color:

I really have no idea what to blog about. (For the record, since Fran Friel asked, all that’s buried in our backyard is a bunch of flower seeds that Kay and Baz planted yesterday. We didn’t have much backyard left after that weird ship landed. We don’t know where it’s from or what it does yet, but we’ve got the pilot tied up in the basement and I’m sure he’ll crack any day now.)

Not that there’s not plenty to blog about. I’ve got my ultrasound on Wednesday morning. I’m 95% sure they’re just going to tell me it’s a hernia and after figuring out if it’s a small or big one I’ll have to talk to a specialist about whether surgery is a good idea. Even if it is, it’s not a disaster. But there’s that niggling fear in the back of my mind that the ultrasound’s going to detect something completely unexpected and a whole lot worse. I know I’m going to be completely nervous until then. Doing my best not to stress myself into another migraine.

I shaved last night! I shave very rarely in the winter – a beard helps keep the cheeks warm after all. But I couldn’t take the scraggliness any more. I should have done before-and-after pics, I swear I look like a completely different person after I’ve shaved (I keep a Van Dyke, though).

And I got CG’s Quarterly 2 finished! That was a big relief to be able to cross that off the list. Of course I’m still waiting for the print proof to arrive, but the ebook editions are all done. In fact they’re ready to go out to reviewers. (Hint hint?)

It seems like every day now, Kay and I think up some new tweak to our plans for Crossed Genres Productions over the next couple years. It’s very exciting, and I wish like hell I could share it all with you right now, but no go. We’ll be doling out news gradually over time. But the first one should be before the end of April, so yay! Stay tuned!

I leave you with a taste of my soundtrack for this evening, and one of the greatest parody videos ever. Classic Weird Al has never been topped for parody songs, and the care he took with his videos has always been exceptional.

And when we play we tend to leave a trail a mile wide

Today is my mom’s birthday! Happy birthday, mom! My mom, in case it hasn’t been clear from my previous blog posts, is awesome. =) Tonight after work, Me, Kay and Baz, along with mom, my sister Joan and her kids Isaac and Ruth, are all going to the Big Apple Circus! I haven’t been for many many many years (I’m actually not sure exactly when the last time was). Baz of course has never been and is really looking forward to it. The circus was mom’s choice, so hey! It’s nice that they’re actually here on her birthday, though we could have gone another nearby day if it’d been necessary. Sadly it’s going to rain all day, which is annoying, but eh. I still anticipate lots of fun. *Knock Wood*

Speaking of birthdays, Baz’s birthday is next in the immediate family, on May 31. He’s going to be FIVE. *LALALALALAICAN’THEARYOULALALALALALA!!!* When did this happen?! He’s starting KINDERGARTEN in September! Eep! Fortunately we’ve got his school paperwork up to date. (Kudos to Kay for being on top of that!) We’ll find out soon which school he got into, but really – there’s a perfectly good K-8 school across the street from our house. Literally. If they try to put him anywhere else, they’re bonkers. We’ve already got some good ideas in the works for his birthday – which I’m not going to share yet because somehow he’d hear about it. Really. Just randomly we’ll be on a bus a month from now and some stranger will say “Yeah, so this guy on his blog was talking about what he’s doing for his son’s birthday…” and POOF, the surprise is spoiled!

Last night, we got confirmation that Crossed Genres Publications has been assigned a table in the dealer’s room (the ‘Bookstore’) at ReaderCon! We’re very excited! ReaderCon is very focused on the writing of speculative fiction, unlike other cons that also devote time to tv, film, etc. Nothing wrong with that, but the focus on writing/publishing is just what we’re looking for! Also, the guest list is very impressive, and I look forward to meeting some folks who I’ve conversed with but never met in person. If you’re in the area you should totally come to the con!

Kay and I have been talking and planning almost nonstop for two weeks now! We’re trying to lay out CGP’s plans/projects through 2012 so we can have a better idea how to plan our time. Of course, some of that will be effected by if we get floored by any novel submissions that we really want to produce. *hint hint!* At this point we have a pretty good idea of what things will look like, though of course details are changing and being firmed up constantly. A lot is what you might expect, if you’ve followed CG for the past couple of years – but there will be surprises. OH will there be surprises! 😉

One of the things we’re working on is a new website, something CG really needs. We’re just in the planning stages right now, figuring out what we need the site to do and coming up with designs. We’re aiming to (hopefully) have the new site ready to launch around September.

As I mentioned on Twitter, right now most of my projects are kind of in limbo: either I’m waiting for an email, or something won’t be decided for a couple weeks, or the project is long-term and something that just needs to be worked on a bit at a time here and there. It’s very strange, because over the past 2 1/2 years CG has been very much about NOW: Got to get it done fast, constant turnover, gogoGO! And right now it’s not really like that, not most of it anyway. There’s LOTS of stuff to work on but it’s all slow burn. And after 2 1/2 years of constantly racing to meet deadlines, I am NOT conditioned for Slow Burn.

Of course, this will not last. Soon the magazine will kick into high gear again, and some other projects will heat up, and it’ll be back to the fast pace… for a while. Part of the plans Kay and I are making involve more slow burn starting in 2012. I’m happy about it, but if right now is any indication, it’s going to take some getting used to!

Post title from “Banned From Argo” by Leslie Fish

Taking blood and making art

Uterus!

So you may have heard about the recent flap surrounding the GOP being really really scared of women’s bodies. Short version: Last week, in response to the Florida House of Representatives passing an anti-union bill, Democratic Rep Scott Randolph make a crack about how maybe his wife should “incorporate her uterus” to stop Republicans from pushing measures that would restrict abortions. The GOP leadership, rather than responding to the obvious political criticism, told Randolph not to use “language that would be considered inappropriate for children and other guests” – in other words, the word “uterus”.

This of course has triggered a shitstorm of laughter, mockery and criticism, while effectively highlighting what the current attack on Planned Parenthood is really about.

Yesterday, in reaction to all the absurdity, Kay commented on Twitter: “So many bad politicians are afraid of my #uterus that having one is starting to feel like having a superpower. #fierce”

The comment was met with much amusement and a lively discussion about the supernatural abilities of girl-junk, or those granted abilities for having girl-junk. And the end result was Kay’s coming home yesterday evening, and making this:

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s SuperUterus!

At the request of a lot of people, Kay put this brilliant image on merch: t-shirts, mugs, you name it. And All profits from the sale of SuperUterus gear will be donated to Planned Parenthood! What, you need a better reason to buy? I didn’t think so. Go! Now!

BTW, in case you were wondering, this is what Planned Parenthood actually does. Note the remarkably slim numbers for abortions. (Also, The Hyde Amendment prevents federal funding from being used for abortions already.)


Kay and I have been having some long, intense discussions about Crossed Genres Publications – present and future (near and distant). A lot of prioritizing, rearranging, waving sad goodbyes to some ideas that we loved but just wouldn’t pan out, while shaking hands with exciting new things we can’t wait to get started on.

Part of those talks and decisions led to us re-opening CGP to novel submissions: Yay! New guidelines, and hopefully some great new work to publish over the next few years! Queries have started to trickle in already. I’m really excited about it!

Also in the CGP world, I’ve been busting my ass the past few days to figure out various ebook distributors that we haven’t used before, and get our books on them. Soon we’ll have our publications available in a lot more places. Hopefully that’ll help us dig out of our financial hole… Sales have been a mite thin* lately.


I managed to get a story finished! It was one of my longer ones, about 8100 words after all the edits, but still well within the asked-for wordcount range. This was for an anthology I was invited to submit to, so crossing my fingers – it’s a project I’d really like to be part of. Unfortunately due to a ton of work that’s been dumped on me and Kay I’ve had to ditch my plans to submit to another antho. It’s open until the end of May, but there’s just no way I’ll have time to get something written by then. I haven’t even been struck with any inspiration for it yet. Knowing me, I’ll probably think of some brilliant idea 5 days before the deadline, and freak out trying to find time to get it written.

And Sekrit Projekt is coming along! New, good developments! That I can’t talk about! Argh! But it’s good!


Also, since it just happened a few hours ago I’ll throw in one quick comment: About damn time, Red Sox! I’m not generally one to give in to the annual “Well, maybe next year” crap, but 0-6 to start the year? Way to dig yourselves a hole! At least they won the home opener, against the Yankees, no less. Now just 99 more of those…


Post title from “Message From Your Heart” by Kina Grannis:

* “mite thin” = Nonexistent